Originals and Reproductions

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There is nothing like experiencing an original work of art in person. A painting has subtle shifts in color and a richness to the pigment and brushwork that are hard to duplicate. Anyone who has been to a museum to finally view the actual painting they’ve admired since hanging the poster on their college dorm room wall has learned this.

But, while only one person (or museum) gets to own the original (and it remains the most valuable, even more so through its proliferation), everybody else who enjoys that painting finds genuine satisfaction in owning the poster. The reproduction of paintings is a great way to share art with more people, at a price that makes it widely accessible.

I’ve long considered whether to venture fully into the world of reproductions of my paintings. Previously I’ve done only three, one of which was a fundraising print for a non-profit, and one was just started last year (On Salty Fields). Recently an exciting opportunity came up that will allow me to offer a variety of prints of the highest quality through a trusted source.

In today’s digital world there is the issue of reproductions being made without artists’ permission and with no compensation. Artists can take back control by offering buyers what they are looking for, in a quality-controlled format that preserves the integrity of the creator’s copyright (a surprising number of people don’t realize that, unless they sign it away, artists retain the copyrights on their work, even after it sells).

I am now beginning to make prints of select paintings available through an online store. An original painting will always be the most valuable and rewarding to collect and enjoy, but I hope these new prints will extend the joy to many more lovers of fine art.